October is drawing to a close, but don’t be too sad because we have a Wagging Tail Wednesday success story sure to warm your heart and make you smile. Take a moment to meet Birdie, adopted by Justin and Sarah, and how this quirky girl’s intelligence and charm endeared her toward her new family.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog (when did you adopt him/her, is this your first dog, etc.).
I’m a filmmaker in Los Angeles, and my girlfriend Sarah is a writer. Sarah brought Birdie home in mid-November, telling me she had signed up to foster her for a while. She was very woozy and tired, having just had surgery for being spayed. Birdie is my first dog that has been my own (had a family dog growing up).
How did you find out about Wags & Walks?
Sarah has done work with Wags and Walks previously, so she knew about them for a while.
How did you know your dog was “the one”?
From the first few days, we really got along with her well and by the end of the week, we were dreading bringing her to adoption events. She took to me very quickly and we napped together on weekends, and she hanging out at my feet while I did laundry. I’ll never forget when we took her to her second adoption event… the moment Birdie saw all the other dogs, she jumped up on Sarah as if to tell us she didn’t want us to leave. Sarah then went to the bathroom and she hid behind me, not wanting me to go anywhere either. Within a week, we had adopted her.
Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?
The biggest surprise is how smart she is. She has such a good memory and can spot us from blocks away. I also taught her to shake and “high five.” The only challenges have been food-related. She tries to eat everything off the ground and is never not hungry.
What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks
She’s very smart. When she wants my attention and I’m busy, she jumps into my desk chair, to sit in it, so I’ll notice her. She’ll also put her paw on my shoulder or knee when she wants to get my attention. She loves sleeping in, which is really funny. We love watching her do laps around the house, or running around with dogs at the park. Her funniest quirk is that no matter what nice toys we buy her, she is happiest when she gets to run around with one of my old, tied-up t-shirts or my (clean) boxers.
What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?
Knowing that we are giving this animal a good life.
How has your dog changed you?
She keeps me on a good schedule – have been more productive with work because of her.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about you and your pup?
Adopting her was the best decision I’ve made in years.
Thank you so much, Justin and Sarah, for taking the time to share your story. Oh, and of course, thank you for giving Birdie a loving home! Are you looking for “the one”? Please visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.